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Von Trapp Vienna Lager - von Trapp Brewing

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Von Trapp Vienna LagerVon Trapp Vienna Lager

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27 Reviews
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Reviews: 27
Hads: 128
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 26.89%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kingcrowing on 04-21-2010

A crisp, full-bodied traditional amber lager.

IBU 33
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Photo of costanzo_mike
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber colored Vienna style lager. Solid malt backbone with a nice bready taste and smell to it. Good mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. On the lighter side of the typical Vienna lager one would normally find

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i would consider this to be a very classic example of the style, maybe just a touch richer and darker than any imported one i have ever had, but this is a very true vienna style lager, and i like it quite a bit. for me, its a style that has never really resonated personally, but i keep giving them a chance. the quality of this beer is very obviously high, its lacy and heady, crystal clear, especially for how dark it is, and very full bodied for what it is. the malt flavor is rather deep, caramelized and sweet, really sweet, and its not all cleaned up by the european lager yeast, but the flavor is great, coffee cake and pancakes with syrup come to mind, breakfasty. nicely carbonated but still a little heavy for summer pounding. i like the approach of these guys, making exclusively classic lager styles, you would think it would pigeon hole them a little bit, but every time i taste one of their beers i realize how lackluster so many american lagers are, and that they really have carved out a nice little niche for themselves.

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Photo of jopper
2.15/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

From the tap this beer was a light gold not a short quickly disappearing head. I expected something more crisp and something from the nose but it was not to be found. Overall I think this is a light lager than is certainly a candidate for easy drinking but if you are looking for something to sit and enjoy I would look elsewhere.

(I fear I may need to update this as the establishment may have done a poor job with the lines and glass)

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Photo of Jwale73
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw gold with a rocky, half inch, bright white head. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in-solution. Nose is lightly earthy and slightly grassy. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a hint of sour mash to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation just shy of crisp. Overall, a decent example of the style and quite drinkable. It would be nice to have regular access to this beer fresh.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 21, 2015.

It pours a kind of olive-yellow tone under a white foamy head.

Some toast and some sulfur on the nose. Thin hop character behind it all.

Light to medium body. Smooth though.

The taste is more malty than hopped but the grassy hops play up a little around the back bringing out a dryish lingering bitterness.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold color. Slightly hazy. Small head that settles to rim bubbles. Any spotty lace that appears slides into the glass.

Predominately deep toasted malt nose.

Reminds me of hash browns--lots of starch, roasted brown. There's a bit of legumes to the taste as well. I remember a beer that had elements of beef stew, meaning potatoes. This beer approaches those flavors. Low hop as expected. Malty aftertaste. Chewy body, low carbonation.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Bright golden color with a tawny hue. Excellent clarity. Tight white head settles to a quarter inch cap. Thin ring of lacing.

S: Grainy and lightly toasty. Lot of sweet Pilsner malt. Hay. Hints of treacle and perhaps toffee too. Floral and grassy hops.

T: Sweet Pilsner malt, toasty, rich melanoidin treacle flavors, peanut brittle, hay. Floral and grassy hops balance the malt tit for tat. Drying finish sees the hops kick it up a notch with an herbal zing.

M: Medium body with a firm and rich malt texture. Round and pressing. Fine carbonation has a crisp bite.

O: This one really grew on me as I drank it. Nice rich malt flavors and textures drive it, though it stays nicely balanced. An easy quaff.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

On tap at Granite State on tap.
Lightly hazy deep golden color with a minimal head. Earthy bready pilsner with hints of fruit an floral spicy hops. Nice brew that I returned to a couple of times, but to be world glass it needs to clean up some rough edges.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

On tap at Trapp Family Lodge Brewery in Stowe, Vermont.

Pours a clear copper color, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like light caramel, grassy hops, lager yeast, and very toasty bread.

The taste is basically the same, a quite delicious Vienna lager. Only Sierra Nevada and GL Eliot Ness are possibly better than this one, it's clear Trapp's goal was to make a distinctive and traditional lager here. Very mild caramel sweetness, some honeyed toasted bread, and spicy Noble hop flavor, just slightly bitter. Subtle and understated, but still tasty.

This one has a light body, with a crisp, clean, bready mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

Another good, clean, simple and authentic lager from Trapp.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-slightly hazy amber color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-toasted malt, grassy, hint of sweetness

T-toasted malt, toffee, grassy, slight herbal, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, refreshing

O-this was a pretty tasty lager, very drinkable

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Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Farm House Tap and Grill, Burlington, NY.

Poured a dull copper hue with a one half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft earthy caramel and light grassy hop.

The taste consisted of light toasted malts, a soft caramel and grassy balancing hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the rounder side of the style.

Overall a tasty malt forward lager.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tap: Poured a light clear amber color lager with a small foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes with light caramelized malt notes. Taste is a mix of light medium-sweet caramel malt with some cereal and grainy notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Nothing earth shattering here but well balanced and easily drinkable.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler from the brewery. Pours hazy-golden with short-lived white head. Nose is of noble hops and bready malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of noble hops, biscuit malt, cooked vegetables and yeast. Finish is long and clean. Nothing special is going on here but it is still crisp, refreshing brew.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

At Hop & Vine's Vermont Exchange

This beer was decanted from a pitcher and had no head in my glass. Medium copper color with good clarity. Aroma is lightly fruity with noticeable, but not excessive, diacetyl. Very nice flavor coming from bready malts, with a creamy, chewy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Lots of head on this, with lots of uniform pinhead bubbles, and off tan white head color with a real nice crown. Body is a real golden brown dark and filled with lots of rising carbonation that creeps slowly. Nice looking and aggressive.

Nose is very light toasty malts, a faint honey. Hints of wood, light toffee and sweet caramel just hiding in the back.

Palate hits withe an almost soda wet carbonation, but the flavors are nice and toasty rich. Light airy toast with hints of gaseous carbon dioxide. Crispy hop finish, and grass like tastes on the aftertaste. Quenching and quite dry.

Overall a real satisfying Vienna Lager.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I suspect this is the last one of these I'll have for a while. The Trapp beers come in quart (whoops - liter) flippies which is a format homebrewers like. The Vienna is a toasted hazy gold in the glass and the head was pretty sturdy. Initial smells seem subtle but inviting and get better. It's that first wonderful soft so balanced lager taste that wins every time for this beer and its brewery. An absolute Olympic gold medal winner.

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Photo of jsouza
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this while on vacation in Stowe. Was looking forward to this brew; a little disappointed. The appearance was light copper in color. It had a decent smell; thought it might have been a little more malty though. Its taste was average at best, nothing spectacular. Overall, a good beer, but again I was looking for something a little more special. I will have to try a different brew next time. I am definately not giving up on this brewery yet.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on: ? (Picked it up fresh in July)

Purchased @ Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe Vt on a joint family vacation with Rochefort10nh.

Price - $18.00/bottle (1 quart 1.8oz)

Pours a beautiful shade of copper with a two inch fluffy white head and great legs. Much more lacing than I was expecting.

The smell begins with a sweet aroma of caramel malt followed by fresh baked bread and floral hops.

The taste is lite and not overly sweet with caramel, bananas and bread.

Mouthfeel is soft and creamy smooth from start to finish with a medium body. Slightly carbonated and very drinkable. There is a build up over time of some dryness from the hops which adds to the balance.

Overall this is a very solid lager and true to the style. I also enjoyed their Dunkel lager on tap which was just as enjoyable.

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Photo of Damian
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at the Hermitage Inn, West Dover, VT
Served in a nonic

The beer poured a clear, brassy yellow color. Quite pale for the style. There was no head but only a thin wisp of bright white froth covering the liquid.

The aroma was surprisingly sweet. Lots of fresh cereal grains, toffee and honey. Somewhat candy-like (perhaps some bubblegum notes?). Ripe fruits were also noticeable.

Unlike the nose, the taste was crisp and much more akin to the style. Biscuity, crackery malts appeared up front. Slightly grainy. Some minty, herbal hops appeared mid-palate and intensified in the snappy, refreshing finish. As the beer warmed, the sweet cereal grains that dominated the nose appeared in the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Rich and creamy with a lively, finely bubbled effervescence.

The Vienna lager is an often overlooked beer style but this example was quite noteworthy. Well balanced and quite flavorful, this could be quite sessionable.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Appearance - Clear amber/copper colour with a small size frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a faint amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, toffee, grass, light hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and it has a slightly creamy feel to it. I can taste breads/grains, malts, and a fair amount of toffee flavour. I can also pick up on some hops and a bit of a nuttiness. It finishes with a malty and sweet aftertaste.

Drink - A pretty bang on example of the style. The flavour is very well balanced and it would work well as a session beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alewife and I each had a 0.5l stein of this ($5.00) for our second round while lounging at the Trapp Deli/Brewery on 02APR11.

My stein was this time filled with a medium golden offering, with steady carbo within the slightly hazy liquid. The head was fluffy and white, ebbing at a slow pace and lacing up the glass nicely. The color seemed a bit light for a Vienna, but it was attractive nonetheless. The aroma was bready and toasty, with some florality also present. Bodywise, it was in the medium range, and had a mild prickliness on the tongue.

Taste is toasty and crackery, with semi-sweetness and light caramel. Malts here are solid and well put-together. Floral hops come around at the end, with a subtle grassiness also in the mix. A solid Vienna; quite well made and satisfying! Prosit!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of skivtjerry
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear with a good frothy head. Good retention. Smell is sweet malt with a very faint caramel/cotton candy aroma. Taste is moderately sweet malt, commanding but not cloying. There is a faint burnt caramel edge that doesn't quite fit in, and this affects the otherwise near perfect mouthfeel. Very drinkable, would be an A+ if the malt was a little smoother.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't remeber if this was at Flatbread or the Farmhouse, no matter they both are great.

Nice rich amber hue with a great aroma of grain and grass.

This beer is very malty, but in a good way. It was no overly sweet like some malty beers tend to be.

The beer was indeed very chewy, but not cloying or oily.

Drinkability is where this beer really shines. It is crisp and clear and provides a mouthfull of taste.

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Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8 oz glass on tap at American Flatbread.

Pours a clear amber, some golden highlights, very thick and tight white head forms and settles down to a thick layer and ring, lots of lace sticks to the glass.

Smell is great, very rich and malty, big honey and caramel sweetness, toast and biscuit, bready, some light floral and herbal hoppiness, earthy, real nice.

Taste is similar, very very malty, intense for the ABV, very rich, caramel, very light butterscotch, bread, toast and biscuits, bready, a touch of floral, nice herbal and earthy bitterness, very balanced.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A great lager, very smooth and drinkable, very clean, just fantastic stuff.

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Photo of grub
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at american flatbread burlington june 1/2010.

pours crystal clear deep amber with a big fine pure white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. floral and herbal hops. hint of butterscotch. white bread and cracker. faint toasty notes. light alcohol.

taste is good. light butterscotch and honey. white bread and cracker. bit of grain. light alcohol. light herbal and floral character. light tropical fruit.

mouthfeel is great. nice light body. silky smooth and almost creamy. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. crisp and refreshing. a tasty lager!

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Von Trapp Vienna Lager from von Trapp Brewing
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